Qualifications and training for vessel traffic service operators
Guidance is provided to VTS Authorities on the qualifications and training of VTS Operators in Australia.
We recognise there is a divergence of perspectives as to when a person should be considered capable of carrying out the duties of a VTSO, taking into account the guidance provided by IMO Resolution A.857(20) and associated IALA Recommendations and Guidelines.
This guidance on the qualifications and training for VTS Operators in Australia has been developed in consultation with the Australian VTS working group.
As part of the VTS Authority compliance audits, we will ensure that adequate policy and associated procedures have been implemented to:
- manage the VTS training scenarios in a manner consistent with the intent of IALA Recommendation V-103 and this guidance, and
- ensure the staffing levels at the centre are sufficient so the supervision of the person does not impact on the delivery of service
VTS Authorities are to ensure their operations satisfy the following qualification and training requirements for VTS operators in Australia.
A person should only be permitted to carry out the duties of a VTS operator where:
- They hold a V-103 Certificate that is appropriate to the functions of the VTS Operator and is issued by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013; and
- Have satisfactorily completed On-the-Job Training* (OJT) at the VTS Centre at which the person is employed.
- Pending completion of a V-103 course delivered by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013, the VTS Operator in training must have satisfactorily completed OJT at the VTS centre at which the person is employed; and
- The VTS Operator in training operates under the supervision of a VTS Operator who holds a V-103 Certificate issued by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013.
* Note: On-the-Job Training is training and familiarisation at the VTS Centre at which the person is employed. It includes training on the particular types of service provided by the VTS centre, the facilities and equipment used as well as the local geography and appropriate port regulations and procedures. Assessment of OJT should be carried out by a person/s appropriately qualified and experienced holding a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or an IALA V-103/4 VTS On-the-Job Training Instructor certificate.